Bollo will always have a special place in my heart, specifically this scene. This is where I fell in love. My husband rented the Mighty Boosh because we were fans of IT Crowd. I had just put our (then) baby down for the night when he called me into the living room and said, “I dare you to understand a word they’re saying.” Although I did think Vince was saying Howard’s moves were like being caressed by a natural jogger, I sat down to watch Killeroo and was impressed by the pure strangeness of it. Then I fell asleep during Mutants and woke up to this scene. My first thought was, “Oh my god, it got weirder!” I had been working a job in mental health that often made me feel like a taxi driver, and I really felt for death when he said he lived right near monkey hell, because I would also plan to end my shift with a client who was in the right direction to get me home faster.
What really got me was the way Howard just looks uncomfortable and apologetic through the scene. He’s being taken to hell and he’s more uncomfortable with the scene he’s making than his terrifying fate. The contrast that continues between Howard’s annoyance and discomfort with his inconvenient death and Vince’s terrible attempts to mourn Howard properly (smashing his records, taking a call during his haunting) made me laugh, but I also found myself relating to the feelings behind the antics.